Build a wall cleat pencil station

Build a pencil station to hang from your workshop's wall cleats

By Ryan Shervill

Photo by Roger Yip

When it comes to tape measures and pencils, I subscribe to the theory that if I have enough of them in circulation, I’ll always have one handy when I need it.

To keep my pencils somewhat centralized, I made a holder-and-sharpener combo.

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Building the pencil station

The holder is a piece of 3/4"-thick MDF with a section of cleat and a spacer glued to the back. Then there’s a 2 1/4" x 6" x 6" box and a standard pencil sharpener mounted to the front. Assemble the box with glue and screws, then mount the sharpener below it. Attach a cleat to the top of the back plate, and a 1" x 6" spacer to the bottom with glue and a couple of 1 1/4" screws, then hang it up. Drive a #8 x 11/4" wood screw in a countersunk hole through the plate and into the cleat to keep the set-up from moving around while sharpening. You can always remove this screw later to move the assembly.

Tools & Materials

Part Material Size (T x W x L*) Qty.

Back plate MDF 3/4" x 6" x 17" 1
Bottom spacer MDF 3/4" x 1" x 6" 1
Box sides MDF 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 6" 2
Box front MDF 3/4" x 5" x 6" 1
Box bottom MDF 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" 1

* Length indicates grain direction

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Feb. 17, 2013

12:26 pm

Fantastic way to have tools at the handy for specific projects, as well as keep things organised and re-configurable.

Often I am switching contexts from car repair, bicycle maintenance, woodworking, etc. all in the same space, and this allows me to tailor the space for the task at hand.

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